From "VHS, 30, dies of loneliness. The home-entertainment format lived a fruitful life."

"After a long illness, the groundbreaking home-entertainment format VHS has died of natural causes in the United States. The format was 30 years old.

No services are planned."

Read the rest of the obit HERE."


Librarians Picket Filming of Mini-Series

Sheilah writes "Santa Fe librarians decided to protest when the mini-series "The Lost Room" (premiering in December) used an actress to portray a librarian "probably 80 years old, gray-haired and frail". The show was filming in the area when the librarians showed up in Tshirts that said "Santa Fe Public Library ... Not Your Stereotypical Librarians". From UPI.


Desiree Goodwin on Tyra

To add (or not)to your TV viewing calendar...Desiree Goodwin , Harvard librarian (still at the Frances Loeb library) who sued (and lost) for lack of promotion based on her appearance, will be one of several guests on the Tyra Banks Show on September 25. The segment is about "what people really think about you." Click on "Monday" in the left column and a line-up of guests will appear to the right (9/25 show); Desiree is the first person seen in the video, and in the still photo is on the viewers extreme right.

Topic: Launches TV, Movie Service

Search Engines WEB writes "The service, dubbed Amazon Unbox, will offer thousands of television shows, movies and other videos from more than 30 studios and networks, the company said.TV shows will cost $1.99 per episode, and most movies will go for $7.99 to $14.99; movies can also be rented for $3.99. An AP Story and a CNET Post you might want to read."


Colbert Report tackles Wikipedia

The Colbert Report from July 31st featured a segment on Wikipedia in which Stephen Colbert encouraged viewers to edit various entries for 'truthiness.' These entries are now locked, by the way. Stephen also coined the new word wikiality, meaning a reality that is easily editable. Good stuff!


Newshour with Jim Lehrer Themed Birthday Party

Ace newshound pchuck posted this in his journal and frankly it seemed too good to pass up; despite being a day late for Friday Funnies-- Curmudgeony

Some D.C. area 3 year old had a "News Hour with Jim Lehrer"-themed birthday party complete with birthday cake with the Newshour logo and a photograph of the entire cast as frosting.

Here is the Washington Post article from the Reliable Sources column dated 6/15/2006: article

The last line of the article: "All of our guests were really good sports," said the hostess, noting that serving the cake was a little awkward. Do you want ice cream with your Ray Suarez?

This is troubling on sooo many different levels.


Japanese game show "Silent Library"

K.O. writes "Sadistic punishments abound in this outake from the Japanese show "Gaki No Tsukai" called Silent Library. The premise is simple: can a player quietly endure such penalties as "old man bites tenderly" and avoid getting booted from the library? Much shushing and giggling ensues, leaving this viewer wondering: "could this be the next Iron Chef?" Some Brazilian college students apparently think so... and so may others. Coming soon to a library near you? Watch at YouTube From Japan and From Brazil"


Download free MARC records weekly for PBS programming you tape off-air

PBS Says The MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data is designed to be a carrier for bibliographic information in a format that can be read and manipulated by library computer systems. TeacherSource MARC records employ Anglo-American Cataloging Rules and Library of Congress Subject Headings. You may copy or download these records to move the bibliographic data into your own catalog to make it easier for your patrons to find the PBS programs you have taped off-air. For more information on MARC 21 or bibliographic formats see:

By Way of a Reminder, It's TV Turnoff Week

If you're a kid at the Sacred Heart School in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and you promise not to watch TV this week, you get to see a very cool and amazing demonstration next here to find out more...


<i>Reading Rainbow</i> to receive funding, facelift

zanne writes: "I don't remember seeing this update on LISNews and can't find anything related to it by searching the site, so I hope I'm not repeating content previously submitted."

Educate Inc., the publicly traded company that tutors thousands of schoolchildren through its Sylvan Learning Centers and sells Hooked on Phonics curricular materials to consumers, recently acquired Reading Rainbow, the PBS children's literacy series that has languished for lack of funding.

Within a year the company plans to give PBS a proposal for revamping the series and making it with a new creative team, said Jinny Goldstein, former PBS senior v.p. of education and recently named v.p. of education and strategy for Educate Products Division.


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